This week’s featured essential oil is one of my personal favorites: mandarin.
This soothing and delightfully uplifting oil is one of the safest oils to use for children, the elderly and pregnant women. It is non-irritating and non-toxic and has a pleasing zesty fragrance.
Not to be confused with Tangerine (they share a botanical name but not the same therapeutic potency), mandarin essential oil is a great tool to bring some lightness, sweet warmth and stress-relief into your life. Energetically it assists in clearing out clogged ideas and psychic heaviness.
Beneficial for the physical body by improving general circulation, easing stress-related digestive upset, soothing headaches and insomnia (especially if paired with lavender), it is also a top essential oil for women’s health, assisting in ameliorating PMS symptoms, hormonal imbalance and for managing birth and labor stress.
In terms of skin, mandarin oil is a good one to have because it is gentle enough for sensitive skin and can be used to help detox congested or oily complexions. It has a toning effect and is often blended with other essential oils to help reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
Emotionally, mandarin oil is simultaneously calming and uplifting. It provides a nurturing sense of well-being and contentment. It’s usage can ease feelings of anxiety, depression, fear of physcal contact or disturbed eating patterns. It’s even supposed to help you deal with a dislike of exercise! I kid you not, for a while, Thad was rubbing a few drops on his wrists and inhaling its fragrance every morning before practice.
For those of you with young children, mandarin oil can be diffused in the air to provide a soothing peaceful energy to help deal with hyperactivity or temper tantrums.
In general, diffusing essential oils in your home is a nice way to utilize them. I also recommend adding a few drops into a carrier oil (such as almond, apricot or jojoba) and soaking up the goodness in a warm bath. If you’re on the go and you need a little essential oil assistance, just shake a few drops onto your palms and take long deep breaths. Apply a few drops on your wrists, temples, heart center or under the nostrils to continue receiving the healing effects throughout your day.
Have you used mandarin essential oil before? What’s your favorite way to incorporate essential oils into your life?